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Restaurant Busted for Serving Tarantula Tacos

Species is protected in Mexico
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 15, 2018 2:30 AM CDT
An adult red rump tarantula.   (Wikipedia/Robgarden)

(Newser) – Fancy a tarantula taco for a cool $27? Not so fast, Mexican authorities say. A Mexico City restaurant recently put the arachnids on its menu and posted a video on Facebook showing a chef torching one until blackened. The only problem: The Mexican red rump tarantula is a protected species. The federal environmental protection agency said Tuesday it was alerted to the situation via social media and seized four tarantula corpses that were ready to be served up on tortillas, the AP reports. The tarantula tacos were apparently on offer for 500 pesos—50 times the price of a basic street taco. The menu also features other creepy-crawlies such as grasshoppers, worms, and ant eggs, which have a long tradition in Mexican cuisine, and scorpions, which are less common.

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